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Happy Hockey Holiday Silent Auction Raises More Than $19,000 for Charity

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and the team's Wives Club raised $19,150 through their Happy Hockey Holiday Silent Auction on Dec. 23, at the team’s game against Buffalo. All the money raised will benefit Washington Capitals Charities, which adopted 25 local families for the holidays through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The players’ wives and girlfriends went shopping for books, clothing and toys for the children while their parents or guardians received gift cards from local grocery stores and Target.

 
Capitals’ wives created gift baskets with their husbands’ favorite items. Each basket included at least one autographed puck along with an autographed, game-used piece of equipment, with some baskets featuring two players’ items. Baskets were made for Bruce Boudreau, John Erskine, Mike Knuble, Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Laich, Matt Bradley and David Steckel, Chris Clark and Brian Pothier, Eric Fehr and Jeff Schultz, Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin, Quintin Laing and Tom Poti, Brendan Morrison and Jose Theodore, and Alexander Semin and Semyon Varlamov.
 
Green’s and Ovechkin’s basket – which included an autographed Ovechkin jersey, a Need for Speed Playstation 3 game, a Capital Grille $200 gift certificate with access to Alex’s private wine collection for one bottle of wine, a bottle of Shingleback Shiraz, Australian wine and other items – raised the most money at $3,800. Semin’s and Varlamov’s basket went for $3,400, while Backstrom’s and Laich’s basket went for $2,450. Four other baskets went for $1,000 or more: Boudreau ($2,100), Morrison and Theodore ($2,000), Knuble ($1,100) and Erskine ($1,000).
 
Washington Capitals Charities
Created in 2000, Washington Capitals Charities is the nonprofit entity of the Washington Capitals. The Washington Capitals and Washington Capitals Charities are dedicated to the enhancement and development of the community that has supported them for so many years. Washington Capitals Charities offers unique resources and programs to other charities and organizations on behalf of the Washington Capitals.
 
The Angel Tree Program
The success of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program depends on volunteers who agree to adopt and purchase gifts for an angel. For many of the families who turn to The Salvation Army for help, the toys and clothes they receive through the Angel Tree Program are the only gifts their children will have to open on Christmas morning. Last year, more than 20,724 individuals received emergency holiday assistance through the Angel Tree Program throughout the National Capital Area. Of that number, 5,266 children from 2,226 families were in the District. This year, The Salvation Army’s goal is to help a total of more than 25,000 individuals throughout the National Capital Area and they anticipate providing holiday assistance to more than 6,000 children through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program within the District.
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